One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon

One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon

The remarkable story of the trailblazers and the ordinary Americans on the front lines of the epic mission to reach the moon. President John F. Kennedy astonished the world on May 25, 1961, when he announced to Congress that the United States should land a man on the Moon by 1970. No group was more surprised than the scientists and engineers at NASA, who suddenly had less t The remarkable story of the trailblazers and the ordinary Americans on the front lines of the epic mission to reach t...

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Title:One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon
Author:Charles Fishman
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Genres:History
ISBN:1501106295
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:480 pages pages

One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon Reviews

  • Fr. Ted
    Aug 11, 2019
    In some ways the book is a reverse engineering project - we got to the moon, so what did it take to get there? A lot of fascinating things to think about - when President Kennedy set the moon as the goal for spaceflight, America not only lacked the rocket to do it, we really didn't kno...
  • Kate
    Aug 16, 2019
    This is a fantastic, detailed, fabulous look at America and what America did to put men on the moon. It was amazing and so in-depth. I loved it from start to finish. I loved the details, just the shear breadth of the scope of the subject Fishman covers. It is extraordinary, and the bes...
  • Marina
    Jul 06, 2019
    This was the perfect book to read (listen to) at the perfect time. Coming up on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing (and there were A LOT of new publications to choose from) and also the Apollo 11/astronaut themed puzzle room at my library. I really liked how this book was separat...
  • Scott Martin
    Jun 19, 2019
    (3.5 Stars) (Audiobook) This book is one of many that has hit the shelves in the days/months leading up to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landings. This work takes the approaches of trying to debunk or clarify much of the mythology and misconceptions surrounding the Apollo ...
  • Julie
    Jun 14, 2019
    Having so recently read Shoot for the Moon by James Donovan, there will be a few comparisons, but overall, these were very different books. SftM was a linear narrative and I was emotionally vested, where OGL was much more technical and political. The first chapter introduces the world ...
  • Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
    Jun 19, 2019
    For more reviews and bookish posts please visit: http://www.ManOfLaBook.com One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon by Charles Fishman tells the story of the Americans who fought tooth and nail to accomplish the task of sending me to the moon, and bringing th...
  • Pat
    Jul 06, 2019
    I was impressed by this review of the Apollo mission. It focuses on a few achievements more behind the scenes rather than on a chronology of what happened with each flight. How did President Kennedy choose a moon landing as a goal? How did they develop the computers to fly to the moon?...
  • Andrew
    Jul 17, 2019
    Overall I thought this was a great read. I learned lots of new facts about the program, and really enjoyed learned about many of the essential enabling technologies that aren?t talked about as much (e.g. Draper?s navigation system, Raytheon?s core rope memory and the amazing comp...
  • JL
    Jul 20, 2019
    One of the best books I've read (and I've read many) about Apollo 11, the Apollo missions, and the Space Age. I learned several new details about the mission I hadn't known before. Fascinating details above the development of the Apollo Guidance Computers, and the software within. Cove...
  • Joan
    Jul 21, 2019
    A behind-the-scenes look at the race to complete the mission to the moon with a focus on the engineers and the ?ordinary Americans? who made the dream a reality. Each hour of spaceflight required one million hours of work on Earth to put astronauts on the surface of the moon. W...
  • Patricia
    Jul 02, 2019
    I loved reading this book! The explanation of the science and will to succeed that led to the moon landings is enhanced by the context of history, before, during and after the Apollo years. I was almost 10 years old at the time of Apollo 11 and I remember staying up late to watch the l...
  • Ken Hamner
    Jun 26, 2019
    Outstanding book. One of the best I?ve read on any subject. A must read for anyone interested in history, politics, business and technology. ...
  • Robert
    Jul 08, 2019
    I greatly enjoyed this book but still was let down by it. I didn't expect that about half would be dedicated more to the politics and background to why Apollo was undertaken than to the technical side of the program. Being an engineer who had his career with NASA during shuttle but was...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Aug 07, 2019
    Excellent history of the Apollo program to land a man on the moon. It covers with a great deal of detail not only the political aspects of the program but many of the technological details of the program. The jokes when I was a kid in the 1970s was that the moonshot gave us spin-offs l...
  • Matt Day
    Jul 02, 2019
    The book was very in-depth and I learned a great deal about the Apollo project. The author was a tad repetitive in his facts. I will say that I listen to the audio version of the book and sometimes audiobooks are heard differently than when they are read. I was disappointed that more t...
  • Ted Mccormack
    Jun 22, 2019
    This book will tell you many things you did not know about the Apollo space program and the impact it had on American life from the 1960's until today. We use technology every day that was invented for the first landing on the moon. ...
  • Todd
    Jul 08, 2019
    The book covers the political history and scientific advancements that lead to the Apollo missions and the eventual moon landing. The story is fascinating and I learned a lot about NASA and the achievements, work, and dedication that was required for the moon landing to be a success. ...
  • Vickie Backus
    Jul 11, 2019
    well written and full of fun interesting facts. great celebration of the program ...
  • Joshpherigo
    Jul 19, 2019
    Landing human beings on the surface of the moon is such an unfathomable achievement that even today, 50 years after it happened, the event has an almost science fiction surrealism to it. When we want to convey the sharpest critique of our failings on Earth we invoke our greatest achiev...
  • Michelle
    Jul 14, 2019
    Excellent! It is amazing that we went to the moon so quickly. No one had a clue about how to accomplish this. My brothers and I stayed up to watch on tv. Walter Cronkite told us how to set up our camera to take a picture of Armstrong?s first step on the moon. And, it worked ! I just ...
  • Jane
    Apr 14, 2019
    One Giant Leap is a story of how and why the United States of America beat the Soviet Union to the moon. It tells why by detailing the sociological, economic and political background during the 1950s into the 1960s that made the effort necessary. The Cold War was a dominant factor in c...
  • Josh
    Jul 15, 2019
    One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon by Charles Fishman is a book that chronicles the Apollo program responsible for the manned lunar landing in the late 1960s. One Giant Leap is a tour de force, covering everything from the social and civil unrest which serv...
  • Dennis Garone
    Jul 09, 2019
    Now that I?ve reached the age when I am in the minority of humanity that actually lived the moon landing I needed an inspiration to truly revive my enjoyment and awe of the accomplishment. The author reminds us of the ultimate goal that was a perfect storm of Cold War, paranoia, s...
  • Trina
    Jun 24, 2019
    I couldn't quite give this three stars. This book was not what I expected or wanted to read. I believed it would be a chronology of the space race but it wasn't that. While parts are very interesting and I learned from it, it was too long and ultimately I wouldn't recommend it. ...
  • Robyn Harrison
    Jul 06, 2019
    So many things I either didn't know or had forgotten about this time in history. It certainly left me with a lot to think about... ...
  • Jay Pruitt
    Aug 09, 2019
    "No other act of human exploration ever laid a plaque saying We come in peace for all mankind." --Neil deGrasse Tyson-- Released to coincide with the 50-year anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon walk, One Giant Leap tells the story of how a nation is challenged to do the impo...
  • Realms & Robots
    Aug 08, 2019
    One Giant Leap tells the story of the moon landing from a behind-the-scenes perspective, leaving the big picture plot points behind for the nitty gritty details many of us are unaware of. To say the trip to the Moon was a difficult task would be an understatement. The narrative shows t...
  • Robert Carver
    Jul 23, 2019
    The best overview of Apollo yet Fishman does an excellent job of digging down into the obscure details of the Apollo Program to bring us a fresh perspective on this historic effort. He places Apollo in the context of its time and place in American history. He provides great detail o...
  • Kathleen
    Jun 10, 2019
    On July 20, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. And so I read Charles Fishman?s brilliant new book, One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon, a meticulously researched history entwined with vivid details that tell a fast-paced story. Fishman ...
  • Everydayreader1
    Jul 30, 2019
    On May 25, 1961, President Kennedy announced, in a speech to a joint session of Congress, the commitment to land a man on the moon and return him safely to earth, before the decade was out. Charles Fishman tells the remarkable journey of this effort, from beginning to end. Audacious, s...